MINSK, 17 August (BelTA) – Fewer Belarusians are now willing to go to Turkey for vacations due to the Coxsackie virus, with sales down by 5-10%, representatives of Belarusian travel agencies told BelTA.
Cases when Belarusians scrap their travel plans are few and far between since the choices are limited in August-September. As far as visa-free travels are concerned, Turkey can be replaced with Georgia or Montenegro. Belarusian travel agencies also suggest Spain and Greece.
Representatives of the Anyway Travel company told BelTA that few Belarusians ask for their money back, however, few new customers are willing to buy holiday packages after hearing about the Coxsackie virus in the news. Yet Turkey remains a popular destination. It was the third most popular destination for Belarusian tourists in 2016.
Specialists of the TravelHouse company say sales have not been dampened by the Coxsackie virus. “No holiday packages have been returned or replaced with another country so far,” said the source.
According to the Belarusian Sports and Tourism Ministry, no Belarusians, who have returned from Turkey, are affected by the Coxsackie virus.
Turkey is a popular travel destination among tourists from Germany and the UK. No recommendations against visiting Turkish resorts have been made in these countries. Yet the Russian consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor believes that conditions in the area of Turkish Antalya are dangerous for tourist health.More about Society